Detail of Russia

Russia, the world’s largest nation, borders European and Asian countries as well as the Pacific and Arctic oceans. Its landscape ranges from tundra and forests to subtropical beaches. It’s famous for Moscow's Bolshoi and St. Petersburg's Mariinsky ballet companies. St. Petersburg, founded by Russian leader Peter the Great, has the baroque Winter Palace, now housing part of the State Hermitage Museum’s art collection.

Country Name: Russia

Government: Federal semi-presidential constitutional republic
Independence: June 12, 1991
President: Vladimir Putin
Prime Minister: Dmitry Medvedev
Capital City: Moscow
Land Area: 17.1 million km⊃2;
Population: 144.3 million (2016)
Ethnic Group:
81.0% Russian
3.7% Tatar
1.4% Ukrainian